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The most coveted awards in the industry.  A week of special events leading up to and during the show.  Numerous special exhibits and resources at your fingertips.

Awards

Contract Magazine's Best of NeoCon Awards

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Now in its 28th year, the iconic Best of NeoCon Awards continue to honor the best new commercial interiors products in the industry. These products are introduced to the market in 42 categories ranging from Architectural Products to Workplace Technologies (visit the Contract Network for a full list of categories).  Over 40 jurors comprised of interior designers, architects, and facilities management professionals, review hundreds of products before NeoCon begins. Award recipient’s booths and showrooms will be flagged with Best of NeoCon Award signs during the Show. 

See last year's winners: Contract Network.

IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition

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The IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom and Booth Design Competition seeks to honor originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics in showrooms and booths at NeoCon 2017.

Submit: Interior Design HIP at NeoCon Awards

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Interior Design's 4th Annual HiP Awards

Interior Design's HiP at NeoCon Awards is a recognition program Honoring Industry People and Innovative Products. This unique initiative honors commercial industry pioneers and achievement in product applications.

Product submissions will be voted on by the A&D community prior to NeoCon. Winners and Honorees will be announced live at an exclusive event held at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

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ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 12, 2017
Submit by Monday, May 1 to receive $25 off your entry fee
VOTING PERIOD: May 18 - May 25, 2017
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: June 11, 2017 
(announced live at Interior Design's Giants Party at NeoCon)

Be Honored by Interior Design. Be Lauded by Design Leaders. Be HiP at NeoCon. #idhipawards

Submit your entry here

#METROPOLISLIKES

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The viral awards program #MetropolisLikes returns, with Metropolis editors awarding the top designs of NeoCon 2017. Winners will be announced live on metropolismag.com, Twitter, and Instagram to over 200,000 Metropolis followers, and receive a custom award delivered in person at NeoCon. Follow #MetropolisLikes for the list of 2017 winners. For more information, visit the Metropolis website.

Product Innovations Awards – BUILDINGS magazine

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Exclusively for NeoCon exhibitors, Product Innovations highlights the latest interior products that enhance the efficiency and sustainability of commercial buildings. This award program covers flooring, seating, lighting, walls and partitions, acoustics, furniture, and restrooms. For more information, click here.

Special Events

DIFFA Chicago: Gala 2017

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    Modern Wing of the Art Institute
  • Tickets 312.644.6412 or diffachicago.org

The DIFFA/Chicago 2017 Gala will feature an evening dedicated to the cause of eradicating HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. Gala29 will be held at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute from 6:00 - 11:00 PM 

The VIP Pre-Gala Cocktail Party will be hosted by honorary Co-Chairs Gensler Co-CEO's Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in Terzo Piano of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute (as an add-on to your Gala Ticket).

Attendance is limited, so please purchase your tickets early! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

IIDA COOL Awards Gala

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    Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
  • RSVP Email Aisha Williams at awilliams@iida.org

The IIDA annual NeoCon black-tie gala celebration is a special evening to honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession - the 44nd Annual Interior Design Competition and the 25th Annual Will Ching Design Competition.

Join IIDA and prominent international interior designers and global design manufacturers for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing at the Four Seasons Chicago to celebrate the award winning design firms and their outstanding projects. 

Click here to purchase tickets

2017 Best of NeoCon Award Winners' Breakfast

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    The Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, One West Wacker Drive

The Best of NeoCon 2017 winners will be announced among industry peers on the opening morning of NeoCon at Contract magazine’s annual Best of NeoCon Breakfast.  The competition honors the best new commercial interiors products in the industry, which are exhibited in The Mart during the NeoCon show.  Honors include Gold and Silver Awards, as well as Innovation Awards, Editors' Choice Awards, and one Best of Competition Award. Tickets can be purchased at www.contract-network.com, until a week before the event.

Showroom Parties

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    Floors 3, 10 and 11

The momentum at NeoCon will be in full swing on Monday night.  Showroom hop on floors 3, 10 and 11.  See new products, network and wine and dine with all of your colleagues and friends from the industry in select showrooms.

Booth Parties

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    Floor 7

Enjoy afternoon cocktails, conversations and connections when the NeoCon energy and festivities move onto the 7th floor. Mix and mingle with A&D professionals while exploring hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

Block Party @ NeoCon

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    The Mart

New this year, Interior Design and the Mart bring you Block Party @NeoCon -- the official party of NeoCon 2017.

The celebration, held outside the Mart on River Drive, is a stylish toast to NeoCon, bringing the design industry together to revel in another successful year. 

Tickets are $35 online here and $40 onsite

BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting

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    Holiday Inn Mart Plaza - Wolf Point Ball Room

Members of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and invited guests are encouraged to attend the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting to hear the state-of-the-industry and state-of-the-association reports. For more information, contact BIFMA at (616) 285-3963 or visit www.bifma.org.

Exhibitor Hospitality and Events

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    NeoCon Exhibitors: Floors 1, 3, 7, 10 & 11

Stop by the showrooms or booths of NeoCon Exhibitors as they host a special event, important guest(s), hospitality, giveaways etc. Listings will be updated weekly.

Experience LuxeHome During NeoCon

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Many of the boutiques at LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of The Mart, will host special events during NeoCon. These include cocktail receptions, book signings, chef tastings, product introductions, open houses and much more. For more information on all the events happening at LuxeHome during NeoCon visit luxehome.com.

Special Exhibits

Mobius: Presented by 3form x Louis Lim of Makingworks

Floor 1, North Corridor

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Mobius is a captivating art installation with a space-age quality. The interactive circular bench is activated by touch. It transforms with light to respond to you. Visit Mobius to discover Dark Chroma, the next generation of one of 3form's most dynamic and beautiful products. When lit, the rich and moody material comes to life allowing the full color spectrum to shine through with brightness and clarity.

Aspecta™ by Metroflor® is Shaking Things Up with Isocore Technology™

Floor 1, North Central Corridor

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Stop by and discover how Metroflor is shaking up flooring with ISOCORE Technology, the revolutionary core layer that makes Aspecta Ten strong, rigid, quiet, lightweight, 100% waterproof and inherently safe – all in an LVT product known for its extraordinary beauty. ISOCORE was developed to make life easier, and so is our North Central Lobby space at NeoCon – drop by and take a break, rest your feet and learn more about our products.

ASID Lounge

Floor 1, West Pass-Through

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Connect, Recharge and Explore while visiting the Blueprint Lounge powered by ASID.  Designed by the award-wining innovation and design studio, ICRAVE, join ASID in the lounge for three full days of activities, discussions, networking and highlights of how design impacts life.

BuzziLounge

Floor 1, East Pass-Through

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BuzziSpace showcases its legacy of full-suite acoustic solutions alongside fresh furniture concepts. Stop by BuzziLounge to enjoy a luxe reprieve. Relax into the comfort of BuzziCane, a new retro-inspired lounge seating series. Recharge and catch up on email in this quiet oasis under a sea of BuzziChandelier acoustical pendant lights. Together they create an intimate and comfortable space representative of BuzziSpace’s trophy office concept, designed for happy, healthy living at its best.

Contract Magazine-Making it a Winning NeoCon

Floor 1, North Corridor

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Visit theMart lobby for Contract Magazine’s digital display of the 2017 Best of NeoCon Winners’ presentation—featuring the most important and influential new product innovations in more than 47 product categories.

Continue the winning spirit by entering to win Contract’s Getaway-Giveaway trip to Bilbao, Spain. See the digital display for how to enter and a full list of participating showrooms. 

Terrace For Togetherness by Extremis

Kinzie/Wells Entrance

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Extremis has a mission that is much more than just a furniture line:  it’s a lifestyle that brings people together - that lets them enjoy life with each other. Grab a colleague and a coffee and head to the terrace of togetherness to experience the Flemish way of life during your lunch break.  You can also visit us on the 7th floor, booth #7-5081.

Experience the Elements from Herman Miller

Floor 1, South Lobby

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With a diverse selection of expressive furnishings from Herman Miller’s family of premium brands, the Elements portfolio debuts at NeoCon 2017. Featuring ten modern work settings that showcase the breadth and variety of the portfolio, the South Lobby will be a must-see stop in your NeoCon experience. For more from Herman Miller, visit our showrooms on the 3rd floor.

DESIGN | DISRUPT | SHAPE | SHIFT: THE IIDA SPACE AT NEOCON

Floor 1, Starbucks Escalator

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Don’t miss IIDA DESIGN | DISRUPT | SHAPE | SHIFT, designed by Chicago-based creative agency hk+c. As designers, we are challenged to envision the future of our industry, to push boundaries and create solutions that disrupt the status quo. This high-touch installation invites NeoCon attendees to reflect on design’s winding path and encourages designers to shift and shape a vision for tomorrow’s communities.

ID Live

MEZZANINE LEVEL, THE GRAND STAIR

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For the second year, Interior Design will host ID Live, sponsored by Carnegie. Editor-in-Chief, Cindy Allen, will host designer guests at the Rockwell-designed ID Live studio located on the Grand Staircase. The interviews will stream on Interior Design’s Facebook page and will be projected on the Grand Staircase. Come by and watch or tune in on Facebook.com/InteriorDesignMagazine.

Discover Mannington

Express Freight Elevators to NeoCon Floors and NeoCon Theater

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Because design should be a path of discovery – we explore our world through acts of craft and handiwork, wandering and chance experience – then shape our creativity into products that will enhance your vision. Discover new ways to explore flooring. Discover Mannington.

Visit us at #10-1039 and www.manningtoncommercial.com.

Metropolis Presents ‘T is for Talent!’ in Partnership with NeoCon

1st Floor, Wells Entrance

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An ongoing experiment, a playful sophisticate, and a pair of Shaker-admirers—all are among this class of the second annual New Talent exhibition, T is for Talent!. Curated by the Metropolis editors in partnership with NeoCon, the installation serves to preview a potential future for furniture design and its application in the workplace, through the work of emerging and innovative designers. The exhibit is made possible by Milliken and Wilsonart, and is itself a product of emerging talent, designed by Design With Company. Visit The Mart’s first floor to see a selection of work by Norma Studio, Moving Mountains, and Studio Gorm, and others.

Mohawk Group – The Lichen Collection

1st Floor, Kinzie Wells Entrance

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Inspired by natural assemblages of multi-hued, multi-textured lichens, Mohawk Group introduces the Lichen Collection, the first floorcovering to achieve Living Product status. Lichen is certified by the Living Product Challenge to have a net positive impact on the environment and communities. Just as lichens play a regenerative role in their ecosystem, so the Lichen Collection actually gives more resources back to the environment than it uses during its entire life cycle. The Lichen Collection was designed in collaboration with the founder of the Living Product Challenge, Jason McLennan. Learn more about designing for a better world at Mohawk Group, space 377. 

ARCO BY MURAFLEX

Floor 1, North Lobby

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Experience the uniqueness of Arco by Muraflex, our newest freestanding glass wall system which curves back onto itself to offer the best sound reverberation attenuation for the utmost level of privacy. Its elegant and singular design will draw you in and you will be seduced by its many clever features which enhance the collaboration effort. To see our many other demountable partition systems, visit us in showroom 11-130.

SIXINCH

FL 7, 6000 Aisle / Booth 7-4086

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Known for their unique designs and funky coated furniture, SIXINCH® North America works extensively in upholstery, work surfaces, and space definition products, as well. Their 2017 theme, Worlds Collide, is a play on coating and upholstery coming together. Experience the SIXINCH world on floor 7 - located down the aisle (by the food of course) or in booth 7-4086. 

Snowsound Quiet Zones

Floor 7, Pass-Throughs

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Enjoy a moment of peace and quiet on the 7th Floor as you travel between main aisles 6000 and 7000 via the SNOWSOUND 7th Floor Pass-Thrus. These acoustic havens are designed with Snowsound Panels to offer an architecturally inspired acoustic haven for attendees to enjoy. You can also visit Snowsound’s main booth on the 7th Floor @ 7-5022 for Italian Espresso and introduction to the brand new Snowsound-Fiber technology.

Folio by Wolf-Gordon

Floor 1, Center Pass-Through

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Wolf-Gordon's 2017 pop-up installation, “Folio,” celebrates the company's 50###sup/sup### Anniversary via a display of its commercial wallcovering and upholstery partnerships with leading international designers and its recently published monograph, Wolf-Gordon: Sample Book.  The project presents as a series of three portals, symbolic of the company’s past, present and future.

Resources

interiors+sources Materials Pavilion

Floor 7

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Be sure to schedule a stop during the three days of NeoCon, for an experiential and engaging material exhibit that will surely be a highlight of this year’s show. Discover hundreds of material samples displayed side-by-side, with details on their origin, makeup and recommended applications. Engage in real discussions about the materials themselves and learn the latest trends in material innovation in a comfortable, non-sales-like environment.

Curated by the i+s editorial team and designed by the interiors+sources I Like Design student competition winner, be sure to make a stop at this bustling, experiential, educational exhibit! We invite you to visit, browse, ask questions and get inspired!

Design Guide Chicago: Metropolis Magazine

Distributed throughout NeoCon

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The annual Metropolis Design Guide: Chicago features the best of architecture, culture, and design in the windy city.  This essential guide shares new and noteworthy design destinations and is used throughout the year to experience, source, see and shop the best in Chicago.  Take a neighborhood-by-neighborhood look at all the can’t-miss-favorites from local architects and designers and check out NeoCon events in addition to having a complete list of local showrooms, retailers, museums, galleries and restaurants in your pocket.

Official NeoCon Product Preview: Contract Magazine

Published in the May issue of Contract and distributed throughout the Show

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The Official NeoCon Product Preview provides you with extensive coverage on the latest product introductions, interview with the NeoCon 2017 keynote speakers, Chicago designer’s favorite places in the city and more.

Design Center

Visit Design Center Floors 6, 14, 15, 16 during NeoCon

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The Design Center at The Mart is the world’s largest resource for custom home furnishings and interior design. Over 100 showrooms offer the finest lines and brands available to interior design professionals. The Design Center hosts luxury furniture, fabrics, floor and wall coverings, lighting, outdoor and casual furnishings, accessories, antiques, art and much more. The Design Center hosts many contract furnishings lines so make sure to check out over 2,500 lines and resources available on four convenient floors while attending NeoCon 2017! Learn more at www.designcenter.com.

LuxeHome

Experience LuxeHome on the First Floor during NeoCon®. 30 Boutiques, 1 Location.

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LuxeHome is the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation. LuxeHome is located on over 120,000 square feet of space on the first floor of The Mart in Chicago. The over 30 Boutiques at LuxeHome offer the finest products and brands for kitchen, bath, flooring, appliances, tile, stone, hardware, lighting, paint, custom window treatments and more.

During Neocon visit LuxeHome to experience the newest boutiques, special events, the latest product launches, cutting edge trends and much more. LuxeHome is open six days a week. Learn more about LuxeHome.